Academic work

Projects:

  • SA Bliss is planning her post-doctoral project for 2019-2021 at the University of Regina in the Media, Arts, and Performance faculty. Her post-doc project is titled: Improvised Soundscapes for Individual and Social Transformation: An Ethnographic Study of Gong Masters and Their Spaces
  • In July 2019, she defended her dissertation in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her project is a cross-cultural ethnographic study of yoga and meditation teachers in Chile, Canada, and India. She is exploring how yoga and meditation is a social practice or type of socially situated literacy. She is querying possibilities in what she terms ‘spatial literacy’ – reading self, others, and contextual environments.
  • Her 2018 article in Educational Studies (PDF here) presents data from ethnographic study at an urban ashram in Canada querying the role of silence and mantra in every day living.
  • Her 2017 article in Childhood Education (PDF here) explores curiosity and experience of shunyata (emptiness/fullness) for educators of young children.
  • In 2017, after receiving York University funding, she co-chaired and organized a pan-university conference for graduate students for Canada150@York. The Graduate Student Research Conference: Visions, Collaborations, and Transformations was attended by over 150 people.

Published works:

Bliss, S.A. (2018). Tuning out of this world: Silence and mantra at an urban ashram in Zygmunt Bauman’s liquid modernity. Educational Studies – Special Issue ‘Echoes, Reverberations, Silences, and Noise: Sonic Possibilities in Education’ (54)4, 448-464. PDFhere

Bliss, S.A. (2017). Exploring shunyata (emptiness) and the cultivation of mindful practices: Educators finding their zero-point balance. Childhood Education (93)2, 114-118. PDFhere

Bliss, S.A. and Husband, M. (2017). Sexuality in school: The limits of education – Book Review. McGill Journal of Education (52)3, 805-808. Link to the Review

Bliss, S.A. (2016) Possibilities in transformative learning: Facing radically passive teachers including artwork, the breath, and shunyata (emptiness). Conference Proceedings: Transformative Learning Network Conference, Tacoma, WA.

Oral papers and workshops at conferences:

2019

  • Heightened Awareness Through Improvisational Soundscapes. UBC Colloquium 2019: Agile Futures – Approaching Improvisation, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Recasting Mindfulness-based Practices as a Spatial Model of Socially Situated Literacy: An Ethnography of Meditation and Yoga Teachers in Chile, Canada, and India. CSSE (Canadian Society for the Study of Education), UBC, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Internal Environment as First Learning and Teaching Environment. AERA (American Educational Research Association) in Toronto, Canada. Presentation alongside York University Education colleagues in a panel entitled: Deconstructing Knowledge in Post Truth Learning Environments, Toronto, Canada.
  • Querying Sound and Silence as ‘Resonant Literacy’. Rosa Bruno-Jofre Symposium in Education: Beyond Themes, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
  • Embodied Learning with Sound and Silence: The Body as a Resonant Gong (The Body as an Instrument). Provoking Curriculum Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Canada.

2018

  • Engaging Our Internal Hum and Using Our Voices as Instruments of Change. Teaching in Focus Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • First Interiority, Then Exteriority: Recasting Mindfulness-based Practices as a Contemplative Model of Socially Situated Literacy. AERA (American Educational Research Association), New York, New York, USA.

2017

  • ‘Tricked’ and ‘Trumped’ by the Lack of Difficult Phenomena in Picturebooks: Querying Disasters and Death. Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
  • Tuning Out of This World: Silence and Mantra in Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity. Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
  • The (Un)Mindful Welcome of Unexpected Others and Difficult Phenomena in Picturebooks. IRSCL Congress (International Research Society for Children’s Literature), York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Learning Through a Levinasian Facing of Artwork and Shunyata (Emptiness). CSSE Congress (Canadian Society for the Study of Education), Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Embodied Curriculum of Sound: Using Our Breath, Voices, and Silence to Create Peaceful Internal and External Environments. Eight Biennial Provoking Curriculum Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

2016

  • Possibilities in Transformative Learning: Facing Radically Passive Teachers Including Artwork, the Breath, and Shunyata (Emptiness). Transformative Learning Network Conference, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
  • Enhancing Well-Being in Just 3 Minutes: Implementing Mindful Practices. York Centre for Education and Community Summer Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Just 3 Minutes: Implementing Meditation in the Classroom. Teaching in Focus Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.

2013

  • Living in the Ampersand: A Response to the NFB Documentary ‘Living in the Hyphen’. York Graduate Students in Education Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Digital Capital and Identity in ESL Students. York Graduate Students in Education Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Fellowships & Internships:

  • SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2019-2021
  • Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research, Kent State University, Ohio, U.S.A., 2017
  • Research Internship: Knowledge Mobilization Unit, Faculty of Graduate Studies, & Community Partner (Kundalini Yoga Wellness & Health Association), York University, Toronto, Canada, 2017

Funding:

  • Graduate Student Wellness Initiative Fund, 2019 (to co-organize and host a Wellness Retreat for graduate students in education)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, 2018-2020
  • Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship, 2018-2019
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2017-2018
  • 150Canada@York University Special Project Funding, 2017 (to co-organize and host a pan-university interdisciplinary graduate students conference)
  • York University Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral Tier, 2016-2017
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2013-2014

Contact: gongsoundspace@gmail.com

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